Undergraduate Course: Philosophy of Psychiatry (PHIL10173)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course examines the ways in which philosophy and psychiatry can inform each other.
This course examines the ways in which philosophy and psychiatry can inform each other. It considers the relationship between neurotypical and non-neurotypical forms of human experience, while applying philosophical argument and analysis so as to improve our conceptual thinking regarding issues such as the nature of mental illness, psychiatric diagnosis and scientific explanation in psychiatry. It also explores the possible role of psychiatric conditions as a way of informing philosophical theorizing. For example, do delusions tell us something about the nature of belief (a central concept in philosophy of mind and epistemology)? Along the way, we examine the application of emerging models in the sciences of mind to specific psychiatric conditions: for example, we may look at 'predictive processing' approaches to understanding schizophrenia, autism, and depression.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND
Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
||Other requirements|| Students who have not taken Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) and Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) must gain permission from the Course Organiser before enrolling on this course.
Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically reflect on the nature of mental illness.
- Understand both conceptual and practical challenges in psychiatric diagnosis.
- Critically reflect on the nature of explanation in psychiatry.
- Critically engage with the latest theories of specific mental disorders.
- Use mental illness to inform thinking about core areas of philosophy (e.g. the nature of the mind, or moral autonomy).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Philosophy,psychiatry,mental illness,cognitive science
|Course organiser||Prof Andrew Clark
Tel: (0131 6)50 3659
|Course secretary||Miss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961